Of all the season-opening losses described in this article, none were as ugly as last season’s 28-14 loss to the Redskins, a team that mustered up only five wins all season.
Manning wound up having the best season of his career in 2011, but it wasn’t due to a hot start. Not only did Manning fail to throw a touchdown pass in Week 1, he also threw a pick six and completed only 56.3 percent of his attempts.
The defense, on the other hand, allowed mediocre Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman to compile over 300 yards and two touchdown passes.
The Giants were able to overcome their Week 1 loss and claw back to a 6-2 overall record by midseason. But after a severe slump, the Giants were suddenly an incredibly average 7-7 team with only two games left to play.
They were able to push out victories over the Jets and Cowboys in the final games of the regular season, barely qualifying for the postseason tournament with an unimpressive 9-7 record.
After completely dismantling the Falcons in the Wild Card Round and the top-seeded Packers in the divisional round, New York faced a physically imposing 49ers team on the road for the conference championship.
Thanks to some heads-up special teams plays and a little bit of luck, the Giants were able to slide past San Francisco and move on to the Super Bowl for the second time in five seasons.
Manning played a nearly flawless game against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, earning his second career Super Bowl MVP and joining the ranks of some of the greatest to ever play the game. The 21-17 victory over New England made the team’s awful Week 1 loss to the ‘Skins a mere afterthought.